Sergeant John C. LaRose
Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Monday, July 1, 2013
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: July 1, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Commissioner Frank Noonan
Pennsylvania State Police
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 783-5599
Sergeant John LaRose was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car collided with another vehicle on Route 120 in Lumber Township, Pennsylvania, while traveling between Emporium and Muncy.
He was travelling on a curved portion of roadway when his vehicle lost traction due to wet conditions. The vehicle crossed the center line and struck another oncoming car. Sergeant LaRose was killed in the crash while the two occupants of the other vehicle were injured.
Sergeant LaRose was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 23 years where he served as station commander of the Emporium barracks. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Sgt. John C. LaRose, 50, of 530 S. Market St., Muncy, died Monday as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Emporium.
Born Jan. 23, 1963, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Anthony N. LaRose Jr. and Amelia P. (Pastorella) LaRose, who survive. On July 22, 2000, he married the former Carla J. Simpler, who also survives.
A 1980 graduate of Muncy High School, he received a degree in aeronautical engineering from Penn State University in 1984.
John worked for RCA in New Jersey in their aeronautical engineering department before enlisting in the Air Force, where he achieved the rank of second lieutenant.
Following his discharge, he worked as a charter pilot and flight instructor at the Williamsport-Lycoming County Airport.
For the past 23 years John was employed by the Pennsylvania State Police, where he flew fixed-wing aircraft in the aviation division. During his career he was assigned to barracks in Blakeslee (Fern Ridge), Hazleton and Montoursville, and was presently serving as station commander in Emporium. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police.
John was actively involved in youth sports activities in Muncy, where he previously served as past president of the board for the youth football program, resigning to accept his current position as commissioner. He also volunteered time to the elementary youth wrestling program and previously coached Little League.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, all of Muncy, are three sons, Benjamin E. Otterbein, Bloomsburg; and Joseph L. and Dominic V. LaRose, both at home; one daughter, Angelina N. LaRose, at home; two brothers, Anthony N. (Marcia) LaRose III, Westminster, Md.; and Joseph M. (Renee) LaRose, Muncy; one sister, Lucy (Thomas) Paternostro, Muncy; six nieces and six nephews.
Friends will be received Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, and again Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Glenn McCreary.
Interment with Pennsylvania State Police honors will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be made to either Susquehanna Valley Law Enforcement Camp Cadet, 50 Lawton Lane, Milton, PA 17847 (online at http://www.svlecc.com), or the Williamsport Soap Box Derby, P.O. Box 1837, Williamsport, PA 17703.